Celtic and GAA join forces in Scotland
The GAA and Celtic FC are pleased to announce that they have extended their Youth Leadership Programme to Scotland.
Last year, the ‘Let’s Go; Lead Through Sport’ initiative was launched at Croke Park in Dublin and courses have already taken place in Sligo, Lurgan and Dublin, catering for boys and girls between the ages of 13-16.
The camps aim to bring together young people from different sporting and cultural backgrounds using coaching sessions in both Gaelic games and soccer.
These on-field activities, led by top coaches from both codes, will be complemented by an innovative off-field programme that is intended to enhance the life-skills of the participants in a number of targeted areas.
Following the success of the Irish programme of events, training camps will now take place in Scotland, across North Lanarkshire, Inverclyde and Glasgow.
Tony Hamilton, Chief Executive of Celtic FC Foundation, said: “Celtic FC Foundation is delighted to be partnering once more with GAA.
"Our three Irish events were hugely successful last year so in 2014 we hope to build on that across three venues in Scotland, starting in North Lanarkshire.
"GAA are a fantastic partner for us and our work in equality - one of our four core values - will be strengthened through this joint venture."
GAA Director General Páraic Duffy added: "The GAA is delighted to be involved in this partnership and we are particularly looking forward to the roll out of the programme in Scotland after its success in Ireland last year.
"Sport has the potential to make a special connection with young people and we believe the other holistic elements of the camps can make a real difference to the young people participating."
Celtic FC Foundation badge day at Paradise
TWENTY years ago, Fergus McCann took charge of the Club and sought to maximise Celtic’s potential as a football club and business but also, importantly, to recognise Celtic’s social dimension, with a return to supporting charitable causes in line with the founding principles of the Club.
In 1995, ‘Celtic Charity Fund’ was formed with the aim of revitalising Celtic’s charitable traditions.
Two decades later, the Club’s charitable arm – now known as Celtic FC Foundation – has raised in excess of £6million and continues to honour those founding principles with a focus on the four key themes of improving health, promoting equality, encouraging learning and tackling poverty.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this historical new era and redefined focus on our charitable pedigree, Celtic FC Foundation are delighted to confirm there will be a charity badge day prior to the SPFL Champions’ encounter with Dundee United on Sunday, May 11, 2014.
Volunteers will be in place at all turnstile areas and supporters will be asked to make a donation of minimum £1 in return for a badge, which illustrates the new Celtic FC Foundation crest.
All monies raised on the day will support our work challenging homelessness in the Glasgow area.
Over the years, the Club’s charitable arm has honoured the initial aims of our Founding Fathers and Brother Walfrid around alleviating poverty and feeding and supporting those who need it most. This has taken place both at home and overseas.
Most recently, our 2014 Sporting Dinner – supported by BT Sport - raised in excess of £60,000. The principal beneficiary was our ‘Ability Counts’ project.
Operating since 2011, this successful partnership programme between Celtic FC Foundation and Down’s Syndrome Scotland uses the power of dance and football coaching to engage with children and young people with Down’s Syndrome.
‘Ability Counts’ received European recognition by winning the European Club Association’s ´Best Community and Social Responsibility Project Award 2011´. It also won the ´People’s Choice Heart and Soul Award´ at the 2012 Scottish Charity Awards.
Our 2013 Christmas Appeal raised over £60,000 and led to the support of 166 families in the city and seven charities helping those facing homelessness. This followed donations of £50,000 and £5,000 respectively to foodbanks in the Calton and Maryhill areas of Glasgow.
Further afield, our 2013 Sporting Dinner supported a Mary’s Meals project in Kenya to build and maintain a feeding kitchen at a primary school in Eldoret.
For the past few years, we have also supported Kibera Celtic Foundation in Kenya and a group of Celtic FC Foundation volunteers visited the community in January 2013 to lend practical support on the ground and invest much needed funds.
We also respond to international disasters which leave the local people facing poverty and homelessness. The most recent example is our donation of £10,000 to the Philippines Appeal through SCIAF and Concern Worldwide.
Celtic FC Foundation will continue this drive to challenge poverty, particularly on our own doorstep. Please give generously and thanks for your continued support.
Celtic and St Anne's tune in for Commonwealth Games
SAINT Anne’s Primary in the Gallowgate is one of Celtic FC Foundation’s most active educational relationships.
In November 2013, St Anne’s relaunched as a School of Music with a concert attended by Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell, Celtic FC Foundation CEO Tony Hamilton and a number of City officials, including Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty and Education Director Maureen McKenna.
With Celtic FC Foundation as its main supporter, all 260 pupils now have access to instruments and tuition as part of the school music programme, and the school choir recently visited the House of Lords and Columbia Records in London to deliver presentations regarding the educational value of music.
St Anne’s next big project will be leading the St. Mungo’s Learning Community in a Commonwealth song.
Well-known artist Gerry Burns supports Celtic FC Foundation’s work through Master Classes and pupils from a number of schools in the St. Mungo’s Learning Community have also attended Glasgow School of Art through Celtic’s Oscar Marzaroli Scholarship Programme.
Gerry (pictured) has been working with the nine schools in the St Mungo’s Learning Community on the artwork for the CD cover to accompany the song – Let the Games Begin – which is due for release at the end of this month.
Louise Hamilton, Head Teacher at St. Anne’s said: “Heartfelt thanks to everyone at Celtic for supporting our school and its community. The club’s support for the bigger investments has been great, but the ongoing support for everyday things is very much appreciated too.
"We have a few surprises tucked up our sleeves on the song including being joined by some incredible music industry talent. We wanted the artwork to accompany the music to be just as high quality and for pupils to have the chance to participate in its production. Gerry has been a sensational attribute to the whole project”
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “Celtic FC Foundation funds projects all over the world but we are never happier than when we are working locally, investing in the prospects of youngsters in the East End.
"Education is as good an investment as we can make in the life chances of our young people and Celtic is very pleased to support this aim through our Music Programme.”
Celtic thanks Restore The Music Foundation for its support for our Music Programme.